SOMI Artwalk a great start to Fall

By Lee Stephens….

Endangered Species Artist Alex Yanes with Brenda Bly, (left) and Lauren Hartog, Marketing Director for RE/MAX and SOMIartwalk event Co-Chair.

In nineteen venues and on the sidewalks throughout our town cneter, thirty-eight artists joined in an expanded SOMIartwalk© third season event.

From Vilar Cigar on the corner of US1 & Sunset, way clear-over to the Doc Thomas House and the Tropical Audubon Society, established and emerging artists were showcased. Henry and wife Rossana Vilar hosted local acrylic artist Trevor Hanless, and at the local Audubon Society headquarters Dan Bondroff’s pastels were shown.

At The Wirtz Gallery, located in the First National Bank of South Miami, the outstanding photography of local Brian Trainor exhibited his FLOWER POWER II works. At SoMi SoU Boutique, art night founder, Roman Compte, showcased works by renowned artist Edna Hibel.

Alex Yanes, whose endangered species art is featured in the Publix calendar, and whose manatee painting is the poster art for the South Miami Manatee Fest, showcased at RE/MAX Advance Realty.

John Edward Smith, Publisher of SoMiMAG and coordinator of SOMIartwalk© was delightfully pleased with the outcome of the event. “Not only did we have the best weather so far greeting visitors to our town center, but we had a fun and festive atmosphere with artists and their easels strategically placed throughout town on the sidewalks.” Smith credits Mike Thompson of “Art 4 u by Mike” for bringing a number of emerging artists to join in the event. “It was a logistical challenge, and Thompson did a great job in pulling it off,” reported Smith. “What a great event!” said Thompson who coordinated the emerging arts segment of the Artwalk.

Not only did we have art on the sidewalks, but several new businesses joined in for the third season inaugural event to show artists in their respective locations. The new businesses involved were: Aurum Collections on Sunset Drive, Miss Pepper, Marisol on Red Road; LVS Salon Group on 73rd Street, and Veronica’s Dollhouse on 57th Court. Five restaurants participated by showing artist at their venues: Marhaba, Dan Marino’s, Splitsville, Town Kitchen & Bar and Deli Lane/Sunset Tavern. At Deli Lane, owner Mike Maler organized a student art competition, and plans to do it again.

At the Artwalk headquarters, located in the courtyard of the First National Bank of South Miami, strollers in town took in the sweet sounds of the Van Gogh Listens jazz trio, sponsored by the Red/Sunset Merchants Association.

“All in all, SOMIartwalk© enhances the Friday night experience in South Miami,” said Smith. “We had retailers keeping their doors open until 9p to catch the Friday night crowd.”

Artists wishing to show at a future Artnight may leave contact information on the site.SOMI Artwalk© is sponsored in part by Chamber South, First National Bank of South Miami, Plaza 57, RE/MAX Advance Realty, Sergio’s Printing, SoMi SoU Boutique, and the Red/Sunset Merchants Association. Media Sponsors are 89.9 FM WDNA Serious Jazz, 89.7FM Classical South Florida, Community Newspapers/South Miami News, Money Clip Magazine, and SoMiMAG. SOMI Artwalk© is produced by TCMC, Inc. (Town Center Marketing Concepts).

The next SOMIartwalk© is scheduled for the second Friday of November.

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